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Thanks to its isolated location, Westcombe Beach is a true hidden gem, which makes a great spot to take a break for walkers who are exploring the South West Coast Path.
Sat nav users:
Please see our ‘South Devon Beach Bible: Challaborough Beach’ article for directions.
Salcombe is 11 miles from Ringmore.
Dartmouth is around 19 miles from Ringmore.
There’s no way to reach Westcombe Beach without a moderately strenuous walk, but if you’re a seasoned hiker you might wish to make your way here from farther afield than the National Trust car park or Challaborough Beach. Hope Cove is around six miles from Westcombe Beach, for example. This would make for a challenging walk, but it’s well worth it for the stunning scenery you encounter, including Hope Cove itself, Thurlestone Rock, beautiful Burgh Island and several other beauty spots.
Parking at Challaborough Beach is £5 per day. Be aware that spaces are limited (there are approximately 20), so it’s best to avoid arriving at busy times.
Parking at the National Trust Ayrmer Cove car park (Ringmore) is £2 per day.
There are no facilities at Westcombe Beach. The nearest facilities are found at Challaborough Beach (1.25 miles) and in the village of Ringmore (1.25 miles).
No supervised activities.
Nearby Ayrmer Cove is similarly rugged, secluded and unspoilt. Further afield, Lannacombe Beach and Mattiscombe beach are both beautiful and similarly isolated.
Here’s our article on three fantastic secluded Devon beaches.
One of the most isolated beaches of its size in South Devon, Westcombe Beach is ideal for those who like a combination of space, stunning scenery and seclusion.
The approach down to the beach from the Coast Path from both sides is very steep. In fact, although it defies all logic you’ll also be convinced it’s even steeper on the way back up! But if you’ve made it as far as Ayrmer Cove, you’ll find it well worth walking the extra three-quarters of a mile to see South Devon at its most isolated and unspoilt.
With green and pleasant farmland behind you, white sand beneath, jagged rock formations on both sides and the blue sea stretching out to the horizon, Westcombe Beach is a feast for the senses, which in some ways sums up what many people love about South Devon – so many contrasting types of scenery in such a small area.
Being a good 20 minutes from the nearest road, it’s no surprise that there are no facilities at the beach. So for most people it won’t be a place to spend an entire day, but rather a nice spot to take a break from their hike, enjoy a picnic for a couple of hours, or simply sit and take in the view.
The terrain is uniformly rockier towards the water, so unlike nearby Challaborough, there is no clear sandy path beating its way to the waves. It’s not, therefore, as ideally suited to paddling or swimming as other beaches in the area, but Westcombe Beach makes up for this with its rugged charm and wonderful seclusion.
You’ll be amazed with the natural beauty just waiting to be discovered on South Devon’s section of the South West Coast Path. Why not make the most of the great outdoors on your next holiday, by booking a South Devon break with Coast & Country Cottages.
Find out more about South Devon’s beautiful beaches here.